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30 June 2015

Upcoming deadline for UNA NCA's Human Rights Awards

The deadline for UNA-NCA's Human Rights Awards has been extended!
Visit our Call for Nominations page for more information!

10 June 2015

Honor Violence in the USA: Another Reason to Ratify CEDAW Now

Come join UNA-NCA for a special event on June 10 hosted by Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-MD). Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), sponsors of House Resolution 145, will call on the Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Other panelists will discuss “honor violence,” an insidious issue impacting women and girls in the USA and beyond that could be mitigated when CEDAW is implemented. An abridged version of the 2014 award-winning documentary “The Price of Honor” about an “honor killing” case in the USA, will be shown.


  • Naila Amin, American forced child marriage survivor 
  • Xoel Pamos and Neena Nejad, Activists and Creators of “The Price of Honor” 
  • Amy Logan, “The Price of Honor” Consulting producer, Activist & Author 
  • Cynthia Helba, Ph.D., Westat Researcher leading work on honor violence for the Department of Justice 
  • Stephanie Baric, AHA Foundation Executive Director 
  • Ruth Trotter, Honor Violence Activist
  • Diana Arango, World Bank Gender Group
  • Zainab Zeb KhanPresident of MALA, global women's right activist

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Orientation Theater North, First St, NE , Washington, D.C. 20515
Cost: Free


05 June 2015

2015 UNA-NCA Annual Meeting: Peacekeeping: The UN's Essential Mission

Come join UNA-NCA on June 5 for the Annual Meeting to learn more about our recent accomplishments and continued work.  We will be presenting our 2014-2015 Annual Report, any by-law amendments, Board Election Results, and honoring our most committed members. 

Keynote Remarks: Ambassador George E. MooseVice Chairman, Board of Directors, US Institute of Peace; Member, UNA-NCA Advisory Council. Ambassador Moose's remarks will focus on "Peacekeeping: The UN's Essential Mission." 

2015 Award Recipients: 
    • Evelyn Falkowski Service Award: Richard C. Rowson, VP and Secretary, UNA-NCA Board of Directors
    • Arthur W. Johnson Leadership Award: Princeton LymanFormer U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and Ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria; Member, UNA-NCA Advisory Council
    • Richard and Anne Griffis Program Leadership Award: UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee


When: Friday, June 5th, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20006

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 4th

Suggested Contribution of $30


21 May 2015

Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East

UNA-NCA's Peace and Security Committee and Human Rights Committee, along with Institute of World Politics, invite you to a three panel discussion on Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East: Peace and Stability in the Post 2015 Development Framework. The panels will explore the approach to the refugee crises in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq. 

The panels will be followed by a reception. Register now!

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Keynote remarks: Shelly Pitterman, Head of UNHCR, Washington Office

Panel 1: Understanding the Problem from the Regional and Local Perspective 

    • Michel Gabaudan, President, Refugees International
    • Nader Al Suhaim, Economic Counselor and Director, Jordan Economic and Commerce Bureau (Embassy of Jordan, D.C.)
    • Dawn Calabia (moderator)Former Deputy and Acting Director of the UN Information Center in Washington; Former External Relations officer for the UN Refugee Agency; Director-at-Large, UNA-NCA Board of Director

Panel 2: International Response – An overview of international mechanism to build peace, governance, and civil society in affected areas

Panel 3: Public-Private Practitioner Panel
- Solutions and best practices from those closer to the ground

    • Albert Santoli (moderator), Faculty, Institute of World Politics
    • David Weiss, President and CEO, Global Communities
    • Colonel (ret.) Michael Dziedzic, Ph.D., Fellow, World Engagement Institute; Editor, Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structure
*more panelists have been invited and will be added upon confirmation

    • Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, Director of Government Relations and Strategist, Syrian American Council, Non-Resident Research Fellow, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies

Member = $10
Non-Member = $20
Combo (includes $10 discount on UNA-NCA membership) = $30


19 May 2015

The Deal With Iran: The Emerging Agreement between Iran and the UN Security Council Permanent Members plus Germany

United Nations Association-National Capital Area, in partnership with American Society of International Law, presents The Deal With Iran: The Emerging Agreement between Iran and the UN Security Council Permanent Members plus Germany.

Topics to be discussed include:
  •  Is a deal in the U.S.’s strategic interest?
  • What are the remaining unresolved issues and how might they be resolved?
  • What is the role of the UN Security Council and the role of the U.S. Congress?
  • What is the likely legal status of an Agreement under International Law and under U.S. Law?
  • Will a deal change the U.S.- Iran relationship? 

  • Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., Leading Authority on International Arms Control and Non-proliferation
  • Davis R. Robinson, Former State Department Legal Adviser 
  • Missy Ryan, The Washington Post, Pentagon Correspondent

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:30 — 7:00 pm

American Society of International Law, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

 Members - free; Non-Members - $10  

(ASIL members register for free here)

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12 May 2015

MEMBERS ONLY: Human Rights vs Foreign Policy Imperatives - A Look at State Dept. Operations

Join the Human Rights Committee for a UNA-NCA members-only, off-the-record discussion with Dr. Wesley Reisser, Officer in the Department of State’s International Organization (IO) Bureau’s Office of Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs and Burt Wides, Esq., an advocate for human rights in China, Bahrain, and Vietnam; former Counsel to President Carter for Oversight of All U.S. Intelligenced Agencies. 

Get an insider’s perspective on the dynamics of the agency’s decision-making process on international human rights issues and gain a deeper understanding of these critical matters.

This event will be off-the-record and strictly limited to UNA-NCA members who are committed to the issue of Human Rights.

When: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 PM

Where: UN Information Center, 1775 K St, Washington, DC 20240

Cost: Free (Members Only)


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28 April 2015

GCDC Spring Model UN Conference

Join Global Classrooms for our annual 2015 Model UN Conference at the US State Department and the Pan American Health Organization.

2015 Conference Topics:
  1. Food Security
  2. Empowering Rural Women
  3. Social Responsibility and the Private Sector
  4. Climate Change
  5. The Situation in Ukraine

Who: Students grades 5-12
When: April 28, 2015
             9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where: US Department of State

Register>> (for teachers and schools)

If you are interested in volunteering at this years conference please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For additional questions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , UNA-NCA's Global Education Director.

18 April 2015

Young Professionals Spring Career Dinner Series

Join us for the Spring 2015 Career Dinner Series - an evening that could launch your global career!

The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, annual event inviting young professionals to engage with Washington's top professionals in their chosen field. The event begins with a networking reception at the UN Foundation followed by topical dinners held in private homes throughout the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer your questions, and offer advice based on their experiences in the industry.

Networking reception: 5:00 - 6:00/6:30 pm
Individual dinners: 7:00pm (Note: specific location of each dinner will be provided after you have registered; all locations are Metro accessible this spring)

Member = $45
Non-Member = $55
Combo (includes membership subscription - a $15 savings!) = $65 

Reception Keynote Speaker:
    • William Davis, DirectorUNDP Representative Office in Washington; Soon to become the Executive Director of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Dinner topics: 
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.
*Additional speakers and dinner topics will be added upon confirmation

Careers in International Nonprofits
    • Colleen Teixeira Moffat, Officer, Strategic Planning and Implementation, United Nations Foundation
    • Jessica Mueller, Director of Strategic Advancement, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition


Women in Policy - SOLD OUT!

    • Rachel Wallace, Press Advisor & Speechwriter, US Department of State, Office of Global Women's Issues
    • Karen Mulhauser, Founder, Mulhauser and Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
    • Angela Canterbury, Executive Director, Council for a Livable World


Careers in International Development

    • Mary Bliss, Founder and Executive Director of Practical Small Projects
    • Dr. Thomas J. Herlehy, Practice Area Manager for Crops, Land O'Lakes, Inc. 


Careers in Technology for Development - Only 2 tickets left!

    • Nick Martin, Founder and CEO, TechChange 
    • Sarah Pitcairn, Instructional Designer, TechChange
    • Delanie Ricketts, Intructional Designer, TechChange


Careers in Global Health - SOLD OUT!

    • Kimberly Sutton, Global Health Advocacy Manager, Better World Campaign 
    • Wendy Santis, Executive Director, Footwork: The International Podoconiosis Initiative


Careers in Human Rights - SOLD OUT!

    •  Juan Mendez, Professor of Human Rights Law at the American University-Washington College of Law; UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
    • Dawn Calabia, Former Deputy and Acting Director of the UN Information Center in Washington; Former External Relations officer for the UN Refugee Agency; Director-at-Large, UNA-NCA Board of Director
    • Tino Calabia, Interagency Liaison, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (retired); Life-long supporter of UNA-NCA


Careers in International Business/Development Economics - SOLD OUT!

    •  Jens FlandingAdvisor/Assessor Institutional Development at Pan American Health Organization 
    • Christopher Dorval, President at Dorval Strategies



William Davis
Director, UNDP Representative Office in Washington
William Davis is the director of the UNDP Representative Office in Washington. The office acts as a liaison with the US government as well as think tanks, non-governmental organizations, the media, and academic, diplomatic and business communities.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Davis was the Director for Global and Functional Affairs in the US State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs. He oversaw the Department's interaction with Congress on global priorities such as international organizations, human rights and refugee affairs. He was also the Department's senior legislative adviser on relations with Congress regarding the Secretary of State's Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization.
From 2005 to 2011, Davis was director of the UN Information Centre in Washington, DC. He served as a spokesperson for the organization and worked with officials in the Executive Branch, Congress, the media, civil society, and the business community to strengthen the relationship between the UN and the US.
Mr. Davis graduated from Duke University cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Public Policy Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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